Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Picture by Hannah Helbert

Charlotte, NC—The North Greenville Men's Basketball team earned a dominating win over the College of Faith on Wednesday afternoon, beating the Saints 105-52 in Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the National Basketball Association member Charlotte Hornets.

Lashawn Alexander kicked off the solid offensive day for North Greenville just 17 seconds in with a layup to give NGU a 2-0 lead off of the tip. The offense then came in bunches for the Crusaders, who led by 19 at halftime. An 11-2 run would give the Crusaders a 16 point lead 11:24 left in the period as Troy Blyden gave North Greenville its biggest lead of the day at the moment with two of his 10 points.

The Crusaders continued to lead the game by double digits, fighting off the Saints, which cut North Greenville's lead down to just 12 with eight minutes left. Micah Parker put the finishing touches on the half with a three pointer at the buzzer to give NGU a 45-26 advantage.

North Greenville would continue to pour the points on in the second half, using a balanced offensive attack paired with a scrappy defense. The Crusaders forced 17 turnovers on defense, turning them into 20 points. The Crusaders dominated in all facets of the game, even getting a strong performance from the bench. The NGU bench put in 44 points, a season high for the Crusaders, led by Bliden. Jai Jenks scored nine off the bench while Blake Payne finished with 8.

The NGU offense finished the day shooting 51 percent from the field, while holding the Saints to just 27 percent. NGU collected 60 rebounds, including 19 on offense, leading to 25, second chance points. Spencer Reaves led all scorers with 18 points, Wednesday, going two of five from three and 6-10 overall from the field. Lashawn Alexander had 17 points from the block for the Crusaders, while Micah Parker scored 10.

The Crusaders are now 11-6 overall on the season with 11 games left. Next on the docket for North Greenville is Limestone College on January 24th in Gaffney, South Carolina. The Crusaders and Saints are scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff. The last game between NGU and Limestone was decided in overtime; as NGU escaped with a 95-85 win, following a comeback from Limestone in the second half, which forced an extra period to decide a winner.